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THE WEST COMPANY ANNOUNCES INCREASED DIVIDEND

 LIONVILLE, Pa., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The West Company, Incorporated (NYSE: WST) announced that its board of directors today declared a dividend of $.11 per share for the fourth quarter of 1993 payable Nov. 3, 1993, to shareholders of record Oct. 20.
 This represents an increase of 10 percent, or $.01 per share, in the quarterly dividend payment. This is the 92nd consecutive quarterly dividend payment made by the company since becoming publicly held in 1970.
 The West Company is a premier supplier of products that satisfy the unique filling, sealing and dispensing needs of the health care and consumer products industries. More than 85 percent of West's revenue is generated by the health care markets. Products include stoppers, closures, containers, medical device components and assemblies made from elastomers, metal, plastic and glass. West also manufactures related packaging machinery.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen M. Heumann, corporate treasurer, of The West Company, 215-594-3346/
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CO: The West Company, Incorporated ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: DIV

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